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Aug 17, 2016
Rookies (Manga) add
Some spoilers for the first 40 chapters of the manga:

Manga comes in many forms, from a realistic slice-to-life to the wildest fantasy, but the sports genre is the one that most frequently treads a path between the real and the fantastical. At first glance, Rookies seems to be an example of the first kind of sports manga, except it actually isn't, as it is a "sports manga that isn't a sports manga".

Rookies is a "sports" and drama manga written and drawn by Masanori Morita between 1998 and 2003. It was serialized in Weekly Shonen Jump and ran for 24 volumes, that is, about 230 chapters. ...
Oct 8, 2015
Romantic-comedies are one of those staple genres in every part of the world, with some focusing more on the romantic aspects while others focus more on the comedic sied of things. Despite being quite a bit unrealistic in relation to the romance part, most rom-coms are very much grounded in reality. Jitsu Wa Watashi Wa is just the opposite with its non-sense comedy.

Jitsu Wa Watashi Wa (Actually, I am…) is the anime adaptation of the rom-com manga of the same name, published by Shounen Champion and created, written and illustrated by Eiji Matsuda. The adaptation is directed by Yasutaka Yamamoto (Mondaiji-tachi ga Isekai kara Kuru ...
Oct 7, 2015
Cooking is one of those hobbies that can be just a plain old hobby or even a full-blown career. Regardless of the style of cooking, a good dish is a joyous thing to experience. Still, one of the most enjoyable things I have ever done is cooking, creating something that will then be enjoyed, even if just by me, is a great feeling. And Food Wars! Shokugeki no Soma is a great portrayal of that joy, albeit in a much more competitive way.

Food Wars! Shokugeki no Soma, or just Shokugeki no Souma, is a 2015 shounen anime that adapts part of the manga of the ...
Sep 24, 2015
Life is, arguably, nothing more than a series of meetings. Some of these meetings are quickly forgotten, while others influence everything that comes afterwards. The latter is the focal point of 5 Centimeters per Second.

5 Centimeters per Second (Byousoku 5 Centimeter) is a 60-minutes-long 2007 drama anime movie directed by Makoto Shinkai, of Children who Chase Lost Voices (Hoshi wo Ou Kodomo) and The Garden of Words (Kotonoha no Niwa) fame. The movie is actually composed of three sections, each at one different point of the life of the protagonists, of about 20 minutes each.

Toono Takaki and Shinohara Akari are two elementary school friends ...
Sep 23, 2015
The image of the loner is very popular in fiction, as it is immediately relatable to a large margin of its consumers and also is very easy to develop stories of personal evolution with this type of character. Despite this alleged popularity, the loner is very rarely portrayed in a realistic way in the psychological level. Yahari Ore no Seishun Love Comedy wa Machigatteiru. is the exception to this rule.

Yahari Ore no Seishun Love Comedy wa Machigatteiru. (My Teen Romantic Comedy SNAFU), popularly known as Oregairu, is the 2013 anime adaptation of the drama light novel series of the same name. It is produced by ...
Sep 23, 2015
Time-travel is probably one of my favorite plot points in sci-fi, as they open a vast array of possibilities, from every-day stories, like Groundhog Day, to hugely complex time-travel plots, such as 12 Monkeys. The Girl Who Leapt Through Time, somehow, has a bit of both.

The Girl Who Leapt Through Time (Toki wo Kakeru Shoujo) is a 2006 sci-fi anime film that is produced by the studio Madhouse. It is directed by Mamoru Hosoda, who also created and directed Summer Wars and the recent Wolf Children.

Konno Makoto is a relaxed high school girl who spends her days away playing catch with her friends Chiaki Mamiya ...
Sep 8, 2015
Orange (Manga) add
Remembering the past can be both a gift and a curse. The happy moments have their potency multiplied, but so do the sad moments. Actually, the moments that once were insanely happy can become painful to remember. But what if you had the opportunity to change the past, with all of your present knowledge? The sad moments could be traded with even happier moments, and your present would be happier as a result. This is the opportunity that the characters of Orange receive.

Orange began serialization in 2012 and ran until 2015. It is a shoujo romance manga written, created and illustrated by Ichigo Takano. The ...
Sep 6, 2015
Chikan Otoko (Manga) add
There is a bit of profanity in this review, be warned.

Pre-conceptions are a powerful thing, people judge each other fairly quickly, reach conclusions before even talking to someone and let that define their (lack of) interactions. But, sometimes, it is possible to ignore those conceptions and build something new in its place. This is the basis for Chikan Otoko.

Chikan Otoko (Molester Man) is a romance doujin (Japanese indie comic) that adapts a story out of 2chan thread, popularly known as Molester Man. Takuma Yokota, most famous for his work on Onanie Master Kurosawa, adapted the story to the doujin format. Before starting, none of the ...
Sep 6, 2015
One of stories' greatest strengths is their ability to evoke emotions and reactions by the persons who are experiencing it. Stories can make people weep, can make people laugh and can even make people piss their pants. Stories that fail at provoking anything to the reader other than apathy are intrinsically flawed, and such is the case of Unlimited Fafnir.

Unlimited Fafnir (Juuou Mujin no Fafnir) is the adaptation of the action harem light novel by the same name. It was produced by the studio Diomedea, who also produced Akuma no Riddle and Mondaiji-tachi ga Isekai kara Kuru Sou Desu yo?, and directed by Keizo Kusakawa, ...
Sep 2, 2015
Aku no Hana (Manga) add
Life is basically a series of meetings of people who may have or not some effect on the involved. These effects can be minor or big, but, undoubtedly, they change people. For good or bad, meetings are one of the few things that can truly influence people. Aku no Hana shows one of such meetings and how it changed everyone involved for the worse and how these people dealt with it.

Aku no Hana (The Flowers of Evil) is a psychological manga written, created and illustrated by Shuuzou Oshimi, who also created Boku wa Mari no Naka. It began serialization in 2009 and ended in 2014. ...